Unclassified Staff Advisory Council

MINUTES

March 13 , 2008
8:30 - 10:00 am

339A Fawcett


IN ATTENDANCE

Denise Anderson
Pam Berry-Griffis
Lisa Bleeke
Rob Boley
Huntting Brown
Barb Bullock
Karen DuChesne
Mary Healea
Linda Hockaday
David Hurwitz
Jerry Hensley
Patrick Kachurek
Jason Kohlhepp
Curt Pederson
Chris Wydman

The meeting was called to order by Barb Bullock, USAC Chair at 8:33 am.

I. Welcome by Barb Bullock

II. Approval of Minutes for February 14, 2008
The minutes were approved as presented.

III. Committee Reports

1--Athletic Council - Pam Berry-Griffis, Mary Kenton
The pre-basketball lecture series did not work out as hoped and will be re-examined. Bob Grant, Associate Director of Athletics, spoke on development issues and his expanding role.

2--Parking Services - Wendy Chetcuti
There have been no meetings yet this quarter.

3--President's Award for Excellence - Mary Healea
Nominations can again be done on line.

4--Sustainability - Barb Bullock, John Sheidler
No meeting since last council meeting.

5--University Dining Services - Lisa Bleeke
The meeting minutes are attached.

6--University Diversity Advocacy Council - Denise Anderson
The most recent meeting was canceled.

7--University Staff Council - Barb Bullock, Mary Healea, Greg Kojola, John Sheidler, Chris Wydman
The Council discussed non-payment of a classified staff member because a supervisor had not approved a timecard by the deadline and possible ways to ensure supervisors receive communications to sign off by the approval deadlines. Sharon Shaw, HR, said raises will occur this year, but did not indicate amounts to expect. Pay compression was also discussed as a concern when the pay bands are adjusted with higher starting rates for new staff near the current pay of long term staff members. Albert Bondurant was named the Staff Advocate for classified and unclassified staff. Sharon reported HR is trying to improve customer service and an optional short term disability insurance package is being negotiated.

8--Wellness and Recreation - Jason Kohlhepp
No report available.

9--WSU Bookstore Committee - Mary Healea
Leftover financial aid money will be transferred to Wright 1 cards. The Bookstore is looking at ways to better price books in order to compete with internet sources. Gear t-shirts will be on sale from April 29 thru May 1, priced at $9.99 down from $14.99.

Linda Hockaday expressed appreciation to USAC for the Bookstore’s offer to provide shipping of items she’s gathering donated to help the February tornado victims of Union University in Jackson TN. Donations are being accepted until March 31st.

V. Old Business

1--SubCommittee for Unclassified Survey - David Hurwitz
Barb reported a 55% response rate to the survey. There were 11 open-ended questions and USAC/CSAC help is needed to review and report responses to those questions. She divided the questions into three separate groups and proposed to have three teams of volunteers each assigned one group of questions. The survey results are planned for distribution to the volunteers in a password protected file. March 19 and March 24, both to begin at 3 p.m., were scheduled to begin the process with the goal to have a draft report by the next University Staff Council meeting on April 9. Robert Sweeney was identified as a resource to help with reporting the results and comments.

2--SubCommittee for Nominations/Elections - Rob Boley, Jason Kohlhepp, Greg Kojola
Time did not allow for this topic to be addressed.

3--Charter Amendment
The amendment was approved.

4--Staff Development Day
Time did not allow for this topic to be discussed.

5--USAC Reuseable Water Bottles
The bottles are on order.

6--June Open Meeting
Time did not allow for this topic to be discussed.

7--WinterFest
Time did not allow for this topic to be discussed.

8--Emergency Announcements
Time did not allow for this topic to be discussed.

9--Committee Information
Time did not allow for this topic to be discussed.

VI. New Business

1--USAC Web Page - History

VII. Other Topics
Hunt Brown, Director of Sustainability, spoke on WSU’s efforts related to sustainability. He noted the concept of E-cubed (Economy, Equity, and Environment). Future policies on university purchases will consider sustainability. The default will be to purchase “green” products unless the requestor can demonstrate a valid reason why not to go that route. For example, if an item is too costly. Hunt presented 100 Ways You Can Improve the Environment in the following link: http://www.seql.org/100ways.pdf. He also mentioned a website where interested individuals could go for more information from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education at www.aashe.org. WSU is a member, and we can log in to the site to access the members only resources. (Copy of Hunt’s presentation)

The meeting was adjourned by Barb Bullock, USAC Chair at 9:55 am.

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